A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies...and murder.
Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome, at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame.
Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow - but so, too, are tensions amongst the assortment of guests. Midnight strikes, and the partygoers discover that it's not just presents nestling under the tree...there's a dead body, too. A dead body that bears a striking resemblance to Father Christmas.
With the snow falling and the suspicions flying, it's up to Mordecai to sniff out the culprit - and prevent someone else from getting murder for Christmas.
©2016 Francis Duncan (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
"With some 20 crime novels to his credit, a relaunch seems long overdue." (Daily Mail)
"Who can resist a seasonal whodunnit? This is a bah-humbug's ideal read." (Lady)
"The book nods towards Agatha Christie but retains a crackling atmosphere of dread and horror that will chill the heart however warm your fireside." (Metro)
"A wonderfully cosy read and a great way to while away a winter's evening." (Nudge)
"This is a golden age murder mystery that'll certainly appeal to lovers of Agatha Christie - or anyone who enjoys a good, old-fashioned whodunit.... This is a book that could be read at any time of year but would certainly make perfect festive reading. It has humour, excellent characterisation and a gentle tone that would sit well following the after-Queen's Speech nap." (crimefictionlover)
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Just brilliant period mystery and the narrator was exactly as you would expect Morticai to sound like
"Good story. Terrible narrator."
I liked the story. A touch dated, but added to the charm. The atmosphere for a Christmas read is perfectly pitched. An isolated country house surrounded by snow. The narrator let it down. A monotone in a plumby accent. No expression. Like wading through treacle. A shame. Won't put me off the author though.
Good. Didn't guess who did it.
Different narrator. Anyone really. Someone with no experience could have done better.
This is a new author to me, and I'm totally hooked. Great story, wonderfully read. Definitely be listening to more of the same.
Yes. Particularly for the opening scene and its a great story
The way its read
The opening scene
perfect for the cold, dark nights. compelling story with that feeling of a good old fashioned Christmases of childhood, the warmth it engendered expertly blended with an equally good old fashioned murder. the performance of this piece just added layers of tinsel, snow and something sinister. perfect match!
"Purple prose, but well narrated."
A self worthy piece that plods amicably along with a 'Mr Marple' wannabe amateur sleuth in the lead. I
"Guessing to the last!"
Easy listening, at times a bit predictable and laborious, but narrator covers this with his intriguing style: both together make a ready escape from reality!
"Not bad but not gripping either"
I did my best to try to enjoy this book.
It took my 2 weeks and various restarts and refreshers but finally finished it today.
I can't say it was terrible but I couldn't get into the story.
The narrator was good but the material just wasn't up to scratch.
The characters all seemed to have really unlikely and difficult to remember names and So I couldn't remember who was who. As a result I really didn't care about the victim or who the murderer was.
I will be returning it as I gave no desire to listen again.
I like who-dun-its and this is a fun one. No competition to Agatha Christie but in a similar mold. So I would give it six out of ten where Christie is ten.
The Christmas theme was attractive but not really developed. The characters weren't developed either. Less than one dimensional! The murderer could have been anyone for any reason.
I didn't like the performance. It was done in an oldie worldy voice I guess to make it feel old fashioned. I don't know why. A straightforward voice would have been better
I listened to it over three days walking and looked forward to it. It's light, unstressful and the 'who dun it aspect' appealing.
"A must for whodunnit fans!"
I adored this book. I love Agatha Christie and this was right up my street. A really good mystery, packed with good characters and clues. The amateur sleuth Mordecai Tremaine is so loveable - an old fashioned romantic with an interest in criminology.
The reader, Geoffrey Beavers is brilliant - he really captures the style of the book, and his voices for the different characters are so good you forget that it's one person reading.
The fact that I listened to it at Christmas made it even more enjoyable.
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